Director, Sea Level Solutions Center
Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
Position Title: Director, Sea Level Solutions Center
Location: Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Rank: Associate or Full Professor
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Florida International University (FIU) has recently launched the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC) to develop and implement effective policies and strategies to address the imminent threat of rising seas to resources and security. Rising seas threaten low-lying, flood-prone coastal areas around the world, with ramifications that are already rippling through societies. Miami ranks as one of the world’s most vulnerable urban regions in terms of assets exposed to sea level rise and violent storms. It will take cooperation – from local to international levels – to develop effective solutions. Therefore, FIU’s SLSC brings together a vibrant group of researchers and practitioners working on monitoring the effects of sea level rise and developing adaptation strategies from a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, biology, chemistry, communications, earth & environment, ecology, engineering, hydrology, public health, and others (see http://slsc.fiu.edu). SLSC is housed in the Institute of Water and Environment, one of FIU’s five preeminent research Institutes (see http://inwe.fiu.edu). The SLSC fits within the overall mission of FIU to turn the “impossible into the inevitable”.
FIU now invites applications for the Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC). The grand vision for the SLSC is to design and implement short- and long-term adaptation strategies for a prosperous South Florida into the 22nd century by advancing the understanding of sea level rise and its impacts, and converting this understanding into actions that benefit societies locally, nationally, and globally. The SLSC Director will work with local, regional, national and international partners, funding organizations, and government entities to secure extramural funding to transform the SLSC into an internationally recognized thought and solution leader Center.
The successful SLSC Director candidate will be a visionary leader with an established national and international reputation in any discipline broadly associated with global climate change. Priority will be given to those with extensive experience in coastal resilience to sea level rise. Excellent skills in public speaking, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and communication to multiple audiences are required. Evidence of an exemplary record of leadership, community engagement, industry and foundation partnerships, scholarly productivity, and grant success is expected. The Director will have a tenure home in the department most closely aligned with her/his particular discipline.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening 513229 at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu. Please submit a cover letter, 1-page statement of interest, and curriculum vitae as a single pdf file. Candidates are requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted as determined by the search committee. Questions about this job opening should be sent to Rita Teutonicio, Chair of the Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin August 1, 2017 and continue until position is filled.
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.